Stains officially named Hubs Head Coach

HAGERSTOWN — For a while, Greg Stains felt like a guest on a long-running TV show.

Now he’s the executive producer in a spinoff.

Stains was officially given control of the North Hagerstown football program on Friday after being selected to be the head coach of the Hubs.

He had the position last year, but only on an interim basis after former coach Dan Cunningham left to become Williamsport’s athletic director.

“It’s for real,” Stains said. “There were times last season … it was an experience, but I’m truly blessed. I love working with the kids.”

Stains was selected to replace Cunningham in August, just as preseason practice began. While the interim head coach, North used a team approach to running the Hubs. With many voices and little time to organize, North had a season to forget.

The Hubs went 0-10, starting with a killer schedule that included playoff teams in the first four weeks. North’s opponents combined for 78 wins last season.

Next year has the earmarks to be much different, mainly because Stains now has time to establish his system and routine.

“It will be a big difference to start in January and February than in August,” he said with a smile. “We have been able to get a good winter weight program started. I have some coaches working in the building that helps us stay in contact with the kids. We are able to get a system down.”

After the season, Stains went through the process of applying for North’s coaching position. North officials threw open a nationwide search to find a permanent coach and conducted panel interviews of the candidates.

“They put me through the ringer with everyone else,” Stains joked. “Sitting in a room with nine people asking questions was intimidating.

“I was able to talk about my philosophy for the program and about where I want it to go. It’s all about pushing North Hagerstown in football and in other sports. I’m a team player. I have always been one.”

Stains had spent many years as an assistant coach, most recently as the line and weight coach for the Hubs until last season. It all changed — officially — on Friday.

“We had more than five applicants for the job and we are happy with keeping the same head coach,” said North athletic director Marcia Nissel. “It’s all in the same hands and we know he is excited about coming back.”

Now the rebuilding process begins to make sure last season was just an aberration compared to the Hubs’ recent success.

Besides establishing his style of running the program, Stains has also dealt with the scheduling problems that started when the Monocacy Valley Athletic League disbanded for football.

“We have a tough schedule,” Stains said. “We don’t have Urbana or Linganore on it, but we have quality competition, which will be good for us.

“Last year was an experience, but it was a good learning experience. It taught me where the bar was set and what we need to do to reach it. If that got me to the position where I am now, so be it, but it showed us where we should be.”

Now Stains has a clean slate and a new coaching title that doesn’t include the word “interim.” Now starts the time to put everything learned from last season into motion.

“Even though I wasn’t the coach yet, we started in November,” Stains said. “We talked about it all and got the weight program started. Now, it’s the starting point to putting in our system. We have to get the kids to buy into the system and get them to want to win.”


2014 Hubs Football Post Season Award Winners


Aaron Dopson, Senior   Jeremy Lum, Senior   Raughn Carter, Senior
All-Herald-Mail, First Team, Def Line   All-Herald-Mail, First Team,Linebacker   All-Washington County, First Team, DB
All-MVAL, First Team, Defensive End   All-MVAL, First Team, Linebacker   All-Herald-Mail, Second Team, Athlete
All-Washington County, First Team, Def Line   All-Washington County, First Team, LB   BTC Metro All-Star Selection
All-Washington County, Second Team, OL        
All-MVAL, Honorable Mention, Tackle        
BTC Metro All-Star Selection        



Hunter Martin, Senior   Calvin Bembry, Senior   Jared Boppe, Junior
All-Herald-Mail, First Team, Kicker   All-Herald-Mail, Second Team, RB   All-Washington County, Second Team, OL
All-MVAL, First Team, Kicker   All-MVAL, Second Team, RB   All-MVAL, Honorable Mention, Guard
All-Washington County, First Team, Kicker   All-Washington County, Second Team, RB    
All-MVAL, Honorable Mention, Punter        
All-Washington Co, Honorable Ment., Punter